Unite, the main union at Lindsey Oil Refinery can confirm that there has been a breakthrough in talks between Total, the contractors at Lindsey and the unions, following extensive negotiations.
Les Bayliss, Unite's assistant general secretary said:,
"We're pleased that we were able to thrash out a deal which the union can put to the workforce at Lindsey. Following hours of detailed negotiations, there has been a significant breakthrough. The proposals for a return to work will be recommended to the workforce by the union's shop stewards at Lindsey on Monday morning. The employers have agreed to re-instate all the sacked workers. We welcome the part the employers played in agreeing these proposals.
"As the biggest union at Lindsey we were focused on solving this dispute. Tom Hardacre, Unite's negotiator would not accept anything less than full re-instatement of the workers.
"The negotiations took place through the national joint council for engineering and construction and it was clearly the right decision. Unite has maintained the integrity of the national agreement for the construction industry.
"It's time that the government repealed the anti-trade union legislation, UK workers are victims of the most restrictive trade union laws in Europe."
Further details of the proposals will be put to the workforce with a recommendation from the union shop stewards at Lindsey Oil Refinery on Monday morning. The NJC (national joint council) is made up of trade unions and employers who are signatories to the national agreement.
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